GERHARD RICHTER, Gerhard Richter, 2023 [signed book, slipcase]

GERHARD RICHTER, Gerhard Richter, 2023
30 x 24 x 3 cm
HC, 192 pp., slipcase
signed as issued; limited edition
published by David Zwirner Books, New York, USA
inv.GRich 000-000

The catalogue shows colour plates and installation views. It concerns a selection of the artist’s final works on canvas—made just before he announced his retirement from oil painting in 2017. Also an expansive suite of new drawings made with ink, graphite, and colored pencil on paper, is depicted in the book with a glossy dust couver.

SIGURDUR GUDMUNDSSON, The Universe is a Poem, 2021 [here signed]

SIGURDUR GUDMUNDSSON, The Universe is a Poem, 2021
18 x 13,2 cm
offset, HC, 46 pp.
here signed
published by Ars Longa, Braedslan, Djúpavogur, Iceland

This is a catalogue accompanying a solo exhibition at Ars Longa with artist’s statements on the first 7 pages on thinner paper in the front:
The universe is a poem.
The only way to understand my art is to love it.
My art is my way to live my life.
My art begins where my thinking leaves off.


“Ars Longa” is a contemporary art museum located in Djúpivogur. Its venue is an old abandoned fish factory in Borgarfjörður Eystri. In 2021 it has received a gift of twenty-seven art works by Sigurður Guðmundsson. All the works can be found in his solo exhibition “Alheimurinn er ljóð / The Universe is a Poem”, which opened in Bræðslan in Djúpivogur in July. Sigurður Guðmundsson, who together with Þór Vigfússon is the founder of the new museum, says he hopes that within a few years this museum property will become a venue with new inputs of works of art by contemporary artists, both foreign and Icelandic artists.

ADITYIA MANDAYAM, The Ooze, 2018 [book, signed]

12 x 17 cm
book, offset, SC, 144 pp.
interview and texts by Aditya Mandayam (ca 30%)
other texts by Chris Fitzpatrick, Andrea Liu, Michal Novotny and Kees van Gelder
here signed in red ink
edition 500
published by Roma Publications, Amsterdam, Netherlands / Kunstverein München, Germany


Usually so-called artist’s books with texts by others than the artist involved are expelled from The Archive is Limited. This book invites to make an exception. “The Ooze” contains 49 pages of 144 that have been written by Aditya Mandayam. The front and back of the cover show reproduced drawings by the artist. “The Ooze” gives an insight in the thinking of Brud through theories and statements.

SIGURDUR GUDMUNDSSON, Fjörvit, 1996 [signed bag]

ca 41 x 29 x 4 cm
plastic bag, 7 publications, 11 photo copies (stapled)
published by Nýlistasafnið, Reykjavik, Iceland
inv.SG 949-pr


Each newspaper and magazine in this bag contains an article about group exhibition called Fjörvit (trans. Clear white) organised/curated by Sigurdur Gudmundsson at Nýlistasafnið / The Living Art Museum. Participating artists: Dan Wolgers, Carsten Höller, Christene Hohenbüchler and Irene Hohenbüchler. Among the publications also a stapled stack of 11 black and white photo copies is depicting an exhibition about plants and butterflies. For some reason or other the name of that artist is not mentioned.

The backside of the translucent museum bag shows an introductory text in Icelandic by Sigurdur Gudmundsson.

JCJ VANDERHEYDEN, catalogue Stedelijk van Abbemuseum, 1970 [signed]

JCJ VANDERHEYDEN, catalogue Stedelijk van Abbemuseum, 1970
21,8 x 19,8 cm
SC, stapled, 20 pp.
verso signed on inner front cover
condition: good, although backside cover partially yellowed due to aging
published by Stedelijk van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven and Groninger Museum, Groningen, Netherlands
€ 280,- plus € 12,- Track & Trace registered EU mail
inv.JCJ 000-pr


STEVEN PARRINO, catalogue 1990 [Post-it with original drawing]

STEVEN PARRINO, catalogue 1990 [Post-it with original drawing]
25 x 21 cm
2 yellow Post-its glued in as mailed, instructions, drawing and availability of work, ballpoint ink
signed with initials
excellent condition
inv.SP 000-pr

This catalogue “Olivier Mosset & Steven Parrino” is published in 1990 by Galerie Pierre Huber, Geneva, Switzerland. Two Post-it papers were tipped in by Steven Parrino for availability of works to be hung in Galerie van Gelder, Amsterdam in 1993. The first Post-it paper contains a drawing describing a wrong hang of one of his paintings as reproduced in the catalogue.

MAN RAY, Self Portrait, 1965 [signed autobiography]



MAN RAY, Self Portrait, 1965
24 x 17 x 4 cm
book, autobiography, ill.
1st edition, hand signed in pencil
published by Little Brown & Company Ltd, Canada in association with Atlantic Monthly Press
mylar protection cover
dust cover on lower front side has tiny chips; for the rest more than very good
very rare in this state
€ 980,- plus € 18,- Track and Trace registered mail
inv.MRay 305



This copy of the autobiography Self Portrait of Man Ray has been signed as if the book itself is an art object, i.e. there is no dedication, just a signature in pencil and therefore very rare, as such. The dust cover is supported by a mylar protection cover and an extra inner Highsmith paper wrapping (white).

A signature in a book is always a precarious element when it comes to authenticity, more than when it concerns e.g. an etching published during the lifetime of the author. Below a signature is shown that may be compared with the one on the title page of the autobiography.

Graphological report.
A graphological analysis should describe some remarkable characteristics of the handwriting: surname is written on a lower level than the first name, the run-up diacritical movement of the pencil is equal to each other, the hooky tops of the x-height letters are very similar, one detects several diacritical movements in both signature, the middle leg of the ‘M’ is lifted due to the speed of writing, etc. A graphological description is available, when the book is purchased.